Month: February 2020

Laparoscopic or Open, How can you tell?
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Laparoscopic or Open, How can you tell?

February 6, 2020 Question: If a code does not specify whether the procedure described is laparoscopic or open, is it acceptable to use it if the procedure was performed laparoscopically? Answer: No. Laparoscopic codes will always have the term “laparoscopic” in the code description. If there is no laparoscopic code for a procedure you performed...

Intraoperative ICG Dye Angiography
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Intraoperative ICG Dye Angiography

February 6, 2020 Question: Can we bill the 92242 for the indocyanine green video angiography we do with the pterional craniotomy clipping of an aneurysm? Can I bill for the injection using 15860? We do this to confirm patency of all branch vessels. Answer: No, this service is included in the craniotomy for aneurysm clipping...

Lesion Excision with ATT
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Lesion Excision with ATT

February 6, 2020 Question: We have been billing malignant lesion excisions and ATT’s separately and we were getting paid. Now the payor is requesting a refund for the lesion excisions for these cases. Can we appeal this? Answer: If a lesion is excised and an adjacent tissue transfer or rearrangement is performed at the same...

Are You Asking the Right Questions About the A/R?
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Are You Asking the Right Questions About the A/R?

February 5, 2020 The aged accounts receivable (A/R) report is one of the best diagnostic tools for identifying collections issues and reimbursement system breakdowns. It should be reviewed by physicians and managers every month. Here are 6 questions to ask about this essential report. 1. Is the report generated by date of service or date...

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